England’s carnival in Russia is over with their 1-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia in a World Cup semi-final.
Kieran Trippier’s wonderful free-kick gave the Three Lions a priceless lead before the Croats roared back in the second half with an Ivan Perisic equaliser.
Come the extra time, the Vatrenis had momentum and ball control in their grasp to suffocate England and score the winner. Southgate’s men then tried to throw everything in search of a leveller but it was too little too late.
All the pre-match tactical talks revolved around on how England would combat the tremendously talented Croatian midfield. Well, that proved to be the telling difference in the end as Luka Modric and Co. took control since the start of second half and never looked back.
Let us take a look at the England player ratings and analyse how they performed in Moscow on the biggest stage: